(04/12/2012)
The latest 2012 County Health Rankings by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation have been released.

Calhoun ranked 33rd among the state's 55 counties with overall health, still with high rates of poor health behaviors.

Gilmer County was in the top 10 worst and Wirt was in the top 10 best counties.

Calhoun County Report:

Adult Smoking 42% (State average 26%)

Adult Obesity 35% (State average 33%)

Physical Activity 33% (State average 33%)

Excessive drinking 9% (State average 8%)

Teen birth rate 46% (State average 46%) West Virginia leads the nation in teen childbirth rates, with Calhoun and Clay leading the state

Children in poverty 36% (State average 26%)

Children in single parent households 34% (State average 26%)

Calhoun had among the best rate for fewer fast food outlets

Researchers considered the rate of people dying before age 75, the percentage of people reporting that they were in fair or poor health, the number of days people report being in poor physical and mental health as well as the rate of low-birth weight infants.

They also looked at the rates of adult smoking, adult obesity, excessive drinking among adults, teenage births, number of uninsured under 65, education levels, community safety, children in poverty, limited access to health foods, rates of physical inactivity and air pollution levels.

West Virginia's 10 healthiest counties are Pendleton, Monongalia, Tucker, Wirt, Jefferson, Hampshire, Putnam, Pleasants, Doddridge and Grant, according to the rankings. Counties with the poorest health are Cabell, Summers, Gilmer, Wayne, Lincoln, Mercer, Boone, Logan, Wyoming, Mingo and McDowell.

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